Dr. Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter

Dr. Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter

Christopher Carpenter

January 27, 2022 | TBD | TBD

Christopher (‘Kitt’) Carpenter is the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Research Fellow at IZA Institute of Labor Economics. At Vanderbilt, Carpenter holds courtesy appointments in Health Policy; Law; Education; the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society; and the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies. For academic year 2021-22 he was named Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph A. Johnson Distinguished Leadership Professor for outstanding contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Carpenter also serves as Faculty Director for the Vanderbilt Program in Public Policy Studies, founded and directs the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab, is co-founder and Co-Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession, is Vice President of the Southern Economic Association, and is Director of the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an Editor at the Journal of Health Economics, an Associate Editor at the American Journal of Health Economics, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He studies the causes and consequences of risky and preventive health behaviors as well as LGBT issues in economics and demography. His research has been continuously supported by the National Institute of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Carpenter earned a BA in math, economics, and public service from Albion College in Michigan in 1997 and a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley in 2002. He held positions at the University of Michigan (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy) and the University of California at Irvine (Assistant and Associate Professor) prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2013.